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Esben Taarning, Inger S. Nielsen, Kresten Egeblad, Robert Madsen and Claus H. Christensen Chemicals from Renewables: Aerobic Oxidation of Furfural and Hydroxymethylfurfural over Gold Catalysts ChemSusChem 1

Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200700033

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Aerobic exercise: The biomass-derived platform chemicals furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) are readily oxidized in methanol in the presence of oxygen and a supported gold nanoparticle catalyst to afford the corresponding methyl esters (see scheme). Thus, furfural was oxidized to methyl furoate under very mild conditions, and HMF was converted into furan-2,5-dimethylcarboxylate (FDMC), a potential polymer building block, with high yields.

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